Do you think just because you lack experience it means you can’t make a resume? Not true! If you are a teenager looking for your first paying job, here are some ways to add experience and create your very first #resume!
As a current student (or even if you just graduated), be sure to emphasize your education. Place your education info at the very top of your resume. If you have a strong GPA, highlight this as well as any academic awards, honors, or other achievements.
Since your work experience is somewhat limited, focus on emphasizing any other forms of work, including volunteer experience or any extracurricular activities you participated in, including clubs, sports, and other organizations. If you happened to do some tutoring, babysitting, gardening, or dog walking for example include those as well. Even if these are jobs that don’t require a large skill set, the fact you performed them on a somewhat regular basis shows you have a strong work ethic!
Employers are always looking for job applicants with leadership experience and qualities. If you were a captain for your sports team or the vice president of your student council, be sure to list these positions! You should feel proud of them.
Consider including a skills section on your resume to include any skills you have that are related to the job you are applying for.
Review the job posting before creating your resume! Circle any key qualifications or requirements of the job and determine how YOU are a good match and what you can bring to them. Then be sure to include any experiences and skills in your resume that highlight how you are a great fit for that specific job.
ALWAYS proofread your resume before submitting it to an employer! Your format needs to remain consistent and easy to follow, and spelling or grammatical errors are a big no, no. Ask a friend or family member to read through your resume to catch any mistakes before you submit it to a potential employer.
Not sure where to begin? Jobcase has a built-in resume generator that you can use to create and download a beautiful, formatted resume right from your profile in 3 easy steps.
Fill out your profile completely! This includes your location, email, summary, work experience, traits, education, skills, etc.
Click on the resume tab just under your summary.
Then click the download button below your resume preview.
Now you have a formatted, PDF resume that you can use to apply for jobs!
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